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#6452013 - 09/14/16 02:04 PM Bow Hunting in the AM?
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Light Foot

Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 12
I have been bow hunting a couple of years now trying to get the jump on a big buck still in his summer pattern! With that being said I have read some articals that suggest not hunting in the AM and only hunt them in the afternoon! Their reasons behind this is that the deer are still in their summer patterns and suggest hunters are walking in to a set when the active deer are already at the stand site/ feeders! My camera pics somewhat support their data as I have more activity in the late afternoon early am just before daylight! Any thoughts or experience with early season am deer movement?? Thanks for any input!

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#6452032 - 09/14/16 02:18 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
All of the bucks I have killed with a bow or crossbow have been in the morning. With the traffic being better in early morning vs. the afternoon on the places I hunted, I hunted more in the mornings. I used my TC to tell what time the bucks were hitting the feeders in the morning before daylight till the corn feeder went off. I had a free choice protein feeder also there, so knowing when the best time to get into the blind with the least amount of deer activity really helped.
I in the past 5 yrs I have started to go to the stand in my Ranger and put all my gear in place. I then hand feed the areas I want the deer to be feeding for a shot, then feed the rest of the area lightly with the road feeder. The deer hear the road feeder and within 10-20 minutes I am covered in deer. I have to plan on what time I get in the blind by how long it takes to get light. The road feeder works really well since I do not hunt directly over a corn feeder anymore.
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#6452040 - 09/14/16 02:21 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 85
If your worried about spooking deer off your feeder than try this. As long as you can get there without them smelling you, just use your flashlight and shine it at your feeder and /or any deer that you hear running off. But stay as quiet as possible. The light doesn't seem to spook them but just runs them off and keeps them curious. I have done this several times on mature bucks which have run off but soon returned just 20 minutes later like nothing has happened.

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#6452069 - 09/14/16 02:37 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 07/31/15
Posts: 420
Originally Posted By: Hunter Daddy
If your worried about spooking deer off your feeder than try this. As long as you can get there without them smelling you, just use your flashlight and shine it at your feeder and /or any deer that you hear running off. But stay as quiet as possible. The light doesn't seem to spook them but just runs them off and keeps them curious. I have done this several times on mature bucks which have run off but soon returned just 20 minutes later like nothing has happened.


Hmm. If they can't smell me, then I'd rather try to be as stealth as possible to get to my stand. I know mature bucks that usually if once hit by an infrared cam light do not return so I'm not sure about hitting them with my flashlight. However, I do know they are curious... just crank up chainsaw for camp wood and in a minute look around and see who's watching.

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#6452083 - 09/14/16 02:44 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 6988
Loc: West
All of that data is based on midwest deer on food sources. TX deer are different. All my TX bucks on the wall have been shot in the morning
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#6452150 - 09/14/16 03:31 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
Bairdhunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 12
Thanks for the input I'm a die hard rifle hunter, this stick and string stuff is a different world! When you can hear them crunching the corn before you draw that's pretty intense.


Edited by Bairdhunter (09/14/16 03:32 PM)

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#6452154 - 09/14/16 03:35 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3007
Loc: Conroe, TX
Originally Posted By: Bairdhunter
Thanks for the input I'm a die hard rifle hunter, this stick and string stuff is a different world! When you can hear them crunching the corn before you draw that's pretty intense.


WARNING. You may not want to gun hunt much after getting your first bow kill. You've been warned up
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#6452163 - 09/14/16 03:40 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Hunt when the deer are moving the best on your place. For me here it is a.m. hunts. If hunt afternoons, I take a mouth type predator call to use to run the deer off at dark. I do not want to pattern the deer to me getting out of the blind. Also have more than one spot to hunt from also. In the past few years I have started to hunt trails leading into/out of feeders that is in-between a water source. Easier to get in and out of the blind undetected and not as many eyes around me in those blinds for me.
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#6452164 - 09/14/16 03:41 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
Bairdhunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 12
I hear ya Titan 2232 I killed two does last year and I think I got bit by a weird bug LOL!! It was a rush.


Edited by Bairdhunter (09/14/16 03:53 PM)

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#6452307 - 09/14/16 05:06 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
ChrisB Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 878
Loc: Prosper , TX
I get more activity in the mornings early in the season also.

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#6452323 - 09/14/16 05:15 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 361
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Set your feeders for 8am during bow season. Everyone on our lease has their feeder going off first thing in the morning and I laugh cause opening moring I'm in my stand an hour before dark. I hear them driving in and there hear the deer blowing as they leave the area. The deer don't ypically bed in my area but I never spook them and that adds up fast during season. Another good thing to do is have alfalfa nearby where you want them to bed. They love to bed on alfalfa. Thyell be where you want them in the dark and come strolling in at 7:45 when you'll settled in and ready

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#6452347 - 09/14/16 05:25 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
maximum Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 1507
i like the morning hunt better because
it's a lot easier to me to cut one up
in the daylight

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#6452360 - 09/14/16 05:33 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
Bairdhunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 12
Thanks for all the comments I typically see more deer in the AM but I agree they come when the feeders go off! Generally 10-15 minutes after they spin I have deer comming to the area in the AM. Typically 30 minutes or so before sunset on our place!

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#6452578 - 09/14/16 08:16 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 8959
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
Killed my biggest buck 2 years ago and was my first buck with a bow. He was a regular I had watched grow up but never had any velvet pictures of him so getting a summer pattern was not an option. The day before I shot him he showed up at 2 in the afternoon. The next morning he showed up shortly after daylight for the last time.

I prefer the morning hunts myself.
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#6452651 - 09/14/16 08:50 PM Re: Bow Hunting in the AM? [Re: Bairdhunter]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6238
Loc: Rockwall
I like mornings better, I see a lot more deer than in the afternoon.
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